Many economists say growth this year will miss the government target of 5.0 percent to 5.2 percent, as many of Widodo's ambitious plans to improve infrastructure have been entangled in red tape.
In the six months through June, Widodo's administration has only disbursed 10 percent of the funds earmarked for investment, while spending less than 40 percent of its budget.
"I've been saying this since January, because it relates to economic growth," Widodo said. "So, once again, concentrate on budget absorption, because the money is there”, he added.

Widodo on Friday unveiled a proposed 2016 budget built on assumptions that economic growth will reach 5.5 percent next year. The state budget and regional government budgets had a multiplier effect on the economy, said Bahlil Lahadalia, Chairman of an association of young entrepreneurs.


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